Castlebay pupils have been chosen to take part in a space project.

After two selection stages, two teams of S3 pupils were given the go ahead for projects using Astro Pi computers on the International Space Station (ISS.)

The Astro Pi Challenge is an ESA Education project run in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation.  The project will enable the pupils to conduct scientific investigations in space by writing computer programs that run on modified Raspberry Pi computers aboard the ISS.

The A Team chose the Life In Space theme.  Their project will record the magnetic field on the ISS, the position of the ISS, the date and time. The team will analyse the results to see if the magnetic field varies due to the location of the ISS relative to the moon and sun.

Team F&J opted for a Life On Earth theme, using the Astro Pi computer called Izzy.  Their project will capture images of earth and the position of the ISS. The images will be analysed for the impact that humans have on the world.

After reviewing the entries, ESA and the Raspberry Pi Foundation will select the 10 best reports and announce those winning teams of the challenge who will receive a special prize.